It's been a rocky last few years for Law & Order fans. First, the original patriarch series of the franchise gets axed after 20 seasons. Then, Criminal Intent very quietly meets its end to little fanfare. Not to mention the huge critical and commercial failure of the LA based spin-off, that even saw lead actor Skeet Ulrich's character get killed off halfway through the show's only season. For a while there, it looked like declining ratings might lead to the demise of the last L&O series standing, but NBC apparently isn't ready to give up on SVU, as it's just been renewed for a fourteenth season.
Those fans hoping that this might mean that former lead character Elliott Stabler is returning soon shouldn't hold their breath though. When asked about the series actor Christopher Meloni said the following - "My whole life on SVU was awesome. I’m appreciative of everyone on the show. There was nothing wrong with that show, or nothing wrong with those people. There was just something in my heart that was unhappy. I made myself happy again." Seems like the daily grind of a network drama for a decade plus just took too much of a toll on him. Meloni himself won't be off TV for long however, as he recently signed on to play a vampire on the new season of True Blood. Mariska Hargitary on the other hand, has already agreed to come back to SVU.
SVU's renewal chances might have been helped by the fact that NBC just picked up a new Chicago set fire-fighting drama from L&O creator Dick Wolf entitled Chicago Fire. Although that's just speculation at this point. The new series ensemble cast includes Teri Reeves, David Eigenberg, Charlie Barnett, Lauren German, Monica Raymund, Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker and Merle Dandridge. No story details have been revealed yet, but let's just say I doubt it'll be like Rescue Me.
Are you happy SVU will live on for another year? Do you have any interest in Chicago Fire?